No adjectives are enough to highlight the exemplary contribution of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam to India’s space and defence programs. And no adjectives are enough to highlight the humility and the generosity of India’s Missile Man who has won every Indian’s heart. Fittingly known as the People’s President, these rare stories about Dr. Kalam will only deepen the respect you have for this legend.
1. He was reject the suggestion to put broken glass on the wall of a building
Once, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam rejected the suggestion to put broken glass on the wall of a building that needed protection. Why? Because broken glass would be harmful for birds.This happened when Dr. Kalam was with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and his team was discussing options to secure the perimeter of a building that needed protection. Dr. Kalam reportedly said: “If we do that, birds will not be able to perch on the wall.”
2. He was not only obliged and gave the kids his precious time
When youngsters & teenagers requested a meeting with President Kalam, the President not only obliged and gave the kids his precious time, but he also listened carefully to the ideas the kids had.As President, often Dr. Kalam’s office would receive requests from youngsters for a meeting with the country’s first citizen. Not only would Dr. Kalam meet the kids in his personal chambers at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, but he would also give them his precious time, “listen” to their ideas and provide feedback to the kids. On occasions, the President would follow up with such kids asking about the status of the ideas they discussed.
3. When Dr. Kalam would be the next President, he visited a modest school to deliver a speech
Soon after it was declared that Dr. Kalam would be the next President, he visited a modest school to deliver a speech. His security detail was minimal, and he didn’t mind taking control of the situation when the power went off.Speaking to around 400 students, Dr. Kalam ensured the power cut didn’t cause any interruption. He walked right in the middle of the crowd and asked the students to surround him. He then spoke to 400 students with his bare voice and delivered, like always, an inspiring keynote.
4. He is so humble and he wouldn’t mind going to any event
Dr. Kalam is so humble he wouldn’t mind going to an event a little late for the sake of letting his fans take pictures with him.Dr. Kalam was the Chief Guest at an event at IIM Ahmedabad recently. Prior to the event, he was lunching with a class of around sixty students. At the end of the lunch, the students wanted each a photo with the former President.
5. When he was President, Dr. Kalam took to “Yahoo! Answers” and posted a question
When he was President, Dr. Kalam took to “Yahoo! Answers” and posted a question: “What should we do to free our planet from terrorism?”And when he did, people like Sri Sri Ravishankar, Kiran Bedi, Leander Paes and the who’s who of India and the world turned to Yahoo! to answer his question